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The offseason for the 2022 Overwatch League season is already underway with some big roster moves. With the next season starting on Overwatch 2, every team is making tough decisions on who to keep, who to send to free agency and who to sign. Just remember that, as last year’s offseason showed, some organizations like the players they had but let them look around for new teams at the same time.

Firstly, teams must decide which contracts to extend and which players will enter free agency by Oct. 2. Beyond that date, everyone released will be looking for a new team.  Oct. 9 is when free agents become available to sign and Oct. 10 is the first possible signing date. Depending on teams’ strategies for Overwatch 2, some players might get picked up quickly while others might drag on long into the offseason. Teams need to have at least five players signed by Jan. 3, 2022. They must have at least six signed and ready to play by March 1.

Overwatch League roster changes

This post will be updated with every move that happens during the offseason.

  • Re-signed refers to players who are confirmed to return for 2022
  • Newly signed refers to players who have newly joined a team for 2022
  • Team option refers to players who have not officially renewed their contracts and are free to pursue other opportunities
  • Released refers to players who have been released from their contracts
  • Traded to [new team] refers to players whose contracts have been traded or sold to other teams
  • Retired refers to players who have retired from professional play
  • Players with no status by their name are as yet undetermined

Atlanta Reign

The Atlanta Reign surprised everyone when they made a miraculous lower bracket run in the 2021 playoffs, defeating the defending champions San Francisco Shock and title favorites Dallas Fuel along the way.

Current
  • Blake “Gator” Scott
  • Xander “Hawk” Domecq
  • Kai “Kai” Collins
Former
  • Kim “Ir1s” Seung-hyun – released
  • Kim “Edison” Tae-hoon – released
  • Petja “Masaa” Kantanen – released
  • Oh “Pelican” Se-hyun – traded to Houston
Offseason tracker
  • Atlanta release Ir1s, Edison and Masaa
  • Atlanta trade Pelican to the Houston Outlaws

Boston Uprising

Boston Uprising

The Boston Uprising had a strong core roster in 2021 but failed to deliver on their promise.

Current
  • Leyton “Punk” Gilchrist – re-signed
  • Kim “Faith” Hong-gyu – re-signed
  • Kim “Valentine” Byeong-ju
  • Kwon “Striker” Nam-joo – newly signed
Former
  • Seo “Stand1” Ji-won – released
  • Hong “im37” Jin-ui – released
  • Seo “Myunb0ng” Sang-min – released
  • Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse – released
  • Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth – retired
  • Yun “GaeBullSsi” Young-sun – retired
Offseason tracker

Chengdu Hunters

Chengdu Hunters

The Chengdu Hunters made it far in several tournaments and were the second-best team in the East Division all year.

Current
  • Li “Yveltal” Xianyao
  • Yi “JinMu” Hu
  • Huang “Leave” Xin
  • Lei “Jimmy” Yujia
  • Tan “Nisha” Li
  • Qiu “GA9A” Jiaxin
  • Cao “Farway1987” Jiale
  • Zhou “Mmonk” Xiang
  • Zhong “TAROCOOK1E” Yunlong
Former
  • Ding “Ameng” Menghan – released
  • Ma “LateYoung” Tianbin – released
Offseason tracker

Dallas Fuel

Dallas Fuel roster changes
Dallas was at the top of the league for nearly the entire season | Illustration by Activision Blizzard.

Dallas fell short during the 2021 Overwatch League playoffs after falling to Shanghai and then again to Atlanta. The Fuel have kept their core roster intact going into Overwatch 2.

Current
  • Kim “Doha” Dong-ha – re-signed
  • Kim “SP9RK1E” Yeong-han – re-signed
  • Choi “Hanbin” Han-been – re-signed
  • Kwon “Fielder” Joon – re-signed
  • Lee “Fearless” Eui-seok – re-signed
  • Han “ChiYo” Hyeon-seok – newly signed
  • Kim “Edison” Tae-hoon – newly signed
  • Kang “guriyo” Min-seo – newly signed
Former
  • Kim “Pine” Do-hyeon – released
  • Lee “Jecse” Seung-soo – released
  • Kim “Rapel” Jung-keun – retired
Offseason tracker
  • Fuel release assistant coach Kim “Yong” Yong-jin
  • Fuel release Pine and Jecse
  • Rapel retires from professional play
  • Fuel sign ChiYo (formerly of O2 Blast)
  • Fuel sign guriyo (formerly of Team Diamond)

Florida Mayhem

Florida Mayhem roster
Florida has already made big roster changes after a disappointing 2021 season | Illustration by Activision Blizzard.

After placing third during the May Melee, Florida completely fell off the map for the remainder of the season. Mayhem management has already made some significant changes heading into Overwatch 2.

Current
  • Kim “Yaki” Jun-ki
  • Majed “SirMajed” Alrashied – newly signed
  • Baek “Checkmate” Seung-hun – re-signed
Former
  • Kim “SLIME” Sung-jun – released
  • Lee “Gargoyle” Beom-jun – released
  • Son “OGE” Min-seok – released, retired
  • Lee “BQB” Sang-bum – released, retired
  • Kang “Gangnamjin” Nam-jin – released
Offseason tracker

Guangzhou Charge

Guangzhou Charge

The Guangzhou Charge retained much of their 2020 roster but, barring some excellent individual plays, had a lackluster 2021 season.

Current
  • Ou “Eileen” Yiliang
  • Oh “Rio” Seung-pyo
  • Nam “Cr0ng” Ki-cheol
  • Choi “ChoiSehwan” Se-hwan
  • Chae “Develop” Rak-hoon – newly signed
Former
  • Kim “Mandu” Chan-hee – released
  • Park “KariV” Young-seo – released
  • Zou “MYKaylee” Zijie – released
  • Kim “Jihun” Ji-hun – released
Offseason tracker

Hangzhou Spark

Hangzhou Spark

The Hangzhou Spark had a large roster in 2021 but mostly stuck to a core starting roster. They’re cutting down for 2022 as the league moves to Overwatch 2.

Current
  • Xu “guxue” Qiulin
  • Park “Architect” Min-ho
  • Zheng “Shy” Yangjie
  • Jia “LiGe” Chengjie
  • Se “BERNAR” Won-shin
Former
  • Seo “SeoMinSoo” Min-soo – released
  • Tong “ColdesT” Xiaodong – released
  • Liu “M1ka” Jiming – released
  • Park “iDK” Ho-jin – released
Offseason tracker

Houston Outlaws

Houston Outlaws roster changes
Houston failed to qualify for every tournament in the 2021 season, including the playoffs | Illustration by Activision Blizzard.

Houston had steep expectations in the season with a squad of veteran players, led by player and coach Jake “Jake” Lyon. The Outlaws already made some big changes heading into 2022.

Current
  • Dante “Danteh” Cruz – re-signed
  • Shin “PIGGY ” Min-jun – re-signed
  • Jacob “JAKE” Lyon
  • Oh “Pelican” Se-hyun – newly signed
  • Kim “Ir1s” Seung-hyun – newly signed
Former
  • Enrique “Joobi” Triana – released
  • Cho “JJANGGU” Myung-heum – released
  • Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa – retired
  • Song “Dreamer” Sang-lok – released
  • Lee “Happy” Jung-woo – released
  • William “Crimzo” Hernandez – released
Offseason tracker

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators

The Los Angeles Gladiators won the Countdown Cup during the 2021 Overwatch League season but just missed out on gold in the season playoffs.

Current
  • Indy “SPACE” Halpern
  • Kevin “kevster” Persson – re-signed
  • Kim “Shu” Jin-seo – re-signed
  • Kim “skewed” Min-seok – re-signed
  • Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway – newly signed
  • Lee “ANS” Seon-chang – newly signed
  • Corey “Reiner” Scoda – newly signed
Former
  • Kim “MuZe” Young-hun – released
  • Chris “MirroR” Trịnh – released
  • Kim “birdring” Ji-hyeok – retired
  • Grant “moth” Espe – released
Offseason tracker

Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles Valiant

The Los Angeles Valiant signed a budget roster for their relocation to China and went winless in the 2021 season.

Current
  • Cai “Krystal” Shilong
  • Liao “MoLanran” Yang
  • Han “Silver3” Haibo
  • Wen “NvM” Yelin
  • Cheng “ShowCheng” Yu
  • Zhang “Highbee” Zening
  • Qi “Wya” Haomiao
Former
  • n/a
Offseason tracker
  • n/a

London Spitfire

London Spitfire

The London Spitfire rebuilt their roster to be composed of mostly European talent in 2021, but came up short, only snagging one win all season.

Current
  • William “SparkR” Andersson
  • Johannes “Shax” Nielsen
Former
  • Riku “Ripa” Toivanen – released
  • Kristian “Kellex” Keller – released
  • Mikkel “Molf1g” Djernes – released
  • Daniel “Hadi” Bleinagel – released
  • Dom “Hybrid” Grove – released
  • Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang – released
Offseason tracker
  • Spitfire release Ripa, Kellex, Molf1g, Hadi, Hybrid and blasé
  • Spitfire release head coach fischer

New York Excelsior

NYXL

The New York Excelsior built a new roster in 2021 out of rookie talent and snagged some good wins, but ultimately just missed out on greatness.

Current
  • Lim “Flora” Young-woo
Former
  • Jo “Yakpung” Gyeong-mu – released
  • Lee “FEATH5R” Seung-woo – released
  • Shin “Kalios” Woo-yeol – released
  • Kim “Gwangboong” Gwang-won – released
  • Jo “Friday” Min-jae – retired
  • Kim “BiaNcA” Dong-wook – retired
  • Bang “JJoNak” Seong-hyun – released
Offseason tracker
  • Excelsior relase Yakpung, FEATH5R, Kalios and Gwangboong
  • Friday and BiaNcA retire from professional play
  • Excelsior release JJoNak; he becomes free agent.

Paris Eternal

Paris Eternal roster
Paris parted ways with their renowned head coach and off-tank in the 2022 offseason | Illustration by Activision Blizzard.

The Eternal missed the 2021 playoffs by a large margin and failed to qualify for any of the season’s international tournaments. Some major changes have hinted that the team is going in a new direction in 2022.

Current
  • Nikolai “Naga” Dereli
  • Daniël “Daan” Scheltema
  • Emir “Kaan” Okumus
  • Arthur “dridro” Szanto
Former
  • Stefan “Onigod” Fiskerstrand – released
  • Ilari “Vestola” Vestola – released
  • Samir “Tsuna” Ikram – released
Offseason tracker
  • Paris release Naga, Daan, Kaan and dridro
  • Paris release head coach Zouheir “GetAmazed” Baba

Philadelphia Fusion

Illustration by Activision Blizzard.

The Fusion were able to make it out of the East division and into the playoffs, but didn’t get much further. The team faced roster issues throughout the season and have made some major changes going into 2022.

Current
  • Lee “Carpe” Jae-hyeok – re-signed
  • Kim “Alarm” Kyung-bo – re-signed
  • Joon “MN3” Jae-hee – newly signed
Former
  • Kim “Mano” Dong-gyu – hiatus
  • Gael “Poko” Gouzerch  – released
  • Yang “tobi” Jin-mo – retired
  • Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun – retired
  • Niclas “sHockWave” Jensen – released
  • Choi “HOTBA” Hong-joon – released
  • Josue “Eqo” Corona – released
Offseason tracker
  • Fusion release assistant coach Sim “Mobydik” Seung-bo
  • Fusion release Poko and FunnyAstro
  • Mano takes a break from competition to fulfill military service in South Korea
  • Tobi retires from professional play, transitions to coaching
  • Rascal retires from professional play, transitions to coaching
  • Fusion re-sign Carpe and Alarm
  • Fusion sign MN3

Seoul Dynasty

Seoul Dynasty

The Seoul Dynasty were able to claw their way to two tournaments in the 2021 season, but failed to recapture the explosiveness that propelled them to grand finals in 2020.

Current
  • Kim “FITS” Dong-eon – re-signed
  • Park “Profit” Jun-young – re-signed
  • Kim “Creative” Young-wan – re-signed
  • Jeong “Stalk3r” Hak-yong – newly signed
  • Yoo “smurf” Myeong-hwan – newly signed
  • Bang “JJoNaK” Seong-hyun – newly signed
  • Park “Vindaim” Jun-woo – newly signed
Former
  • Hwang “Marve1” Min-seo
  • Lim “Toyou” Hyun-woo
  • Park “Saebyeolbe” Jeong-ryeol
  • Jung “Anamo” Tae-sung
  • Hong “Gesture” Jae-hui – retired
Offseason tracker

San Francisco Shock

Illustration of San Francisco Shock, who are looking to repeat as champions with new roster members nero, Glister and FDGod.
San Francisco placed fourth in the 2021 Overwatch League playoffs after falling to Atlanta | Illustration by Activision Blizzard.

San Francisco lost a lot of major pieces going into the 2021 season with the departure of players like Grant “Moth” Espe and Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun, but they still defied expectations by making a deep playoff run.

Current
  • Matthew “super” DeLisi
  • Park “Viol2t” Minki
Former
  • Sean Taiyo “ta1yo” Henderson – released
  • Brice “FDGod” Monsçavoir – released
  • Charlie “nero” Zwarg – released
  • Lim “Glister” Gil-seong – released
  • Yoo “smurf” Myeong-hwan released
  • Lee “ANS” Seonchang – released
  • Lee “Twilight” Ju-seok – released
Offseason tracker
  • San Francisco release smurf, ANS, Twilight, Ta1yo, Nero, Glister, and FDGod
  • ChoiHyoBin retires from professional play

Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai Dragons roster changes
Shanghai Dragons are the top dogs of the 2021 season | Provided by Activision Blizzard.

The Shanghai Dragons sit atop the Overwatch League thrown after absolutely stomping the Atlanta Reign in the 2021 grand finals.

Current
  • Kim “IZaYaKI” Min-chul – re-signed
  • Koo “Fate” Pan-seung – re-signed
  • Lee “LIP” Jae-won – re-signed
  • Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun – team option
  • Kang “Void” Jun-woo – team option
  • Lee “LeeJaeGon” Jae-gon – team option
  • He “Molly” Chengzhi – team option
  • Lee “WhoRU” Seung-jun – team option
Former
  • Chae “Develop” Rak-hoon – released
Offseason tracker
  • The Dragons release damage player Develop, who becomes a free agent
  • Coaches Kim “Jfeel” Jeong-min and Shin “Dongsu” Dong-soo leave the team to pursue head coach opportunities
  • The Dragons confirm that the entire roster, barring future retirement or trades, is returning for 2022

Toronto Defiant

Toronto Defiant roster
Toronto was a middling squad throughout the 2021 season, only making an impact during the Countdown Cup | Illustration by Activision Blizzard.

Toronto barely missed the playoffs by falling to the Shock in the West region play-ins. They placed third, just below the Justice. Some major changes have already impacted the roster.

Current
  • Jeong “Heesu” Hee-su – re-signed
  • Lee “Twilight” Ju-seok – newly signed
  • Choi “HOTBA” Hong-joon – newly signed
Former
  • Luka “Aspire” Rolovic – released
  • Andreas “Logix” Berghmans – released
  • Lee “Na1st” Ho-sung – released
  • Kim “SADO” Su-min – released
  • Choi “Michelle” Min-hyuk – released
  • Park “Aztac” Jeong-su – released
  • Mun “Lastro” Jung-won – released
  • An “ANSOONJAE” Soon-jae – released
Offseason tracker
  • Toronto release Aspire, Logix, Na1st, SADO, Michelle, Aztac, Lastro and ANSOONJAE
  • Toronto release Assistant coach Lee “HoChiLee” Dong-young
  • Toronto sign Twilight (formerly of San Francisco Shock)
  • Toronto sign HOTBA (formerly of Philadelphia Fusion)

Vancouver Titans

Vancouver Titans

The Titans struggled during the 2021 season, managing to pick up just one win in the West Division.

Current
  • n/a
Former
  • Dalton “Dalton” Bennyhoff
  • Randal “Roolf” Stark
  • Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin
  • Nathan “frdwnr” Goebel
  • Anthony “Fire” King
  • Kim “Teru” Min-ki
  • Moon “ChangSik” Chang-sik
Offseason tracker

Washington Justice

Washington Justice

The Washington Justice failed to make a tournament this season but managed to make it to season playoffs, where they exited with a 0-2 record.

Current
  • Jang “Decay” Gui-un – re-signed
  • Kim “Mag” Tae-sung
  • Kim “Fury” Jun-ho
  • Kim “Assassin” Sung-won
  • Lee “Happy” Jung-woo – newly signed
  • Kim “Vigilante” Jun – newly signed
Former
  • Jung “Closer” Won-sik – released
  • Lee “TTuba” Ho-sung – released
  • Min “Jerry” Tae-hee – released
  • Yoon “BeBe” Hui-chang – released
Offseason tracker

Bonnie Qu, Michael Czar and Aron Garst contributed to this report

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